RLSP 301
Cervantes' "Don Quijote" Spring 2015 Division I; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Writing-Intensive;
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We will devote the entire semester to the study of one novel: Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quijote, published in the early part of the 17th century. We will try to understand the reasons for the novel’s immense and ongoing influence on Western literature and thought. To do so, we will study Cervantes’ masterful handling of issues that continue to have an uncanny relevance to our lives today: relationships between men and women, the perception of Muslims by Christians and vice versa, the role of fiction in life, the shapes of mental illness, how we decide who we are, how our governments and families and friends decide who we are, the fun and annoyance of going on a totally disorganized road trip with someone else, the meaning of justice, and the meaning of storytelling, to name a few things. In the process, we will continually set things in context and make sure that we understand what was going on in Cervantes’ world that might better explain what goes on in his novel. Finally, we will find that even an entire semester is not enough to engage fully with this extraordinary work, but we will be very glad that we made some headway. Conducted in Spanish
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3915
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation; two to three short projects and one final research project
Extra Info: not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: any 200-level RLSP course at Williams that is conducted in Spanish, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Spanish majors and Comp Lit majors with the appropriate command of Spanish
Distributions: Division I; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: PHLH Bioethics + Interpretations of Health;

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